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Government of India
Ministry of Human Resource Development
16-December-2011 17:36 IST
Indo-US Higher Education Summit

The First India-U.S. Higher Education Summit was held in Washington D.C. on October 13, 2011. The Summit was jointly organized by the Government of India and the Government of United States and was attended by government officials and academics as well as individuals from the private sector who are involved in higher education sector. It was jointly inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of Human Resources Development Shri Kapil Sibal and the US Secretary of State Ms Hillary Clinton. The objective of the summit was to further strengthen higher education collaboration and exchange between institutions in India and the United States. The summit also highlighted the importance of education as a pillar of the India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue.

The following issues were discussed during the summit:-

i. Student Exchange

ii. Faculty Collaboration and Scholarship

iii. Models of collaboration: institutional footprints

iv. Understanding the environment: quality and flexibility

v. National development and solving global challenges

vi. Building Capacity through private sector/academic-industry research partnerships

vii. Enabling Innovation and Promoting Economic Growth

viii. Looking to 2020: Partnerships for workforce development and expanding access.

A joint statement was issued at the end of the Summit where the two sides have agreed to:

(i) Promote strategic institutional partnerships for further strengthening and expanding collaboration in the priority areas of higher education;

(ii) Encourage expansion and deepened collaboration in research and development;

(iii) Foster partnerships in the areas of vocational education and skills enhancement;

(iv) Further strengthening programme for student and faculty enrichment and exchange; and

(v) Welcome involvement of the private sector in the two countries to support and deepen such collaboration.

The Summit provided a platform for industry leaders, academia and government officials from both countries for evolving further collaboration for mutual benefit in the areas of student and faculty exchange, collaborative research, skill development and innovation.

This information was given by Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.